Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors Confer over DNA from West Memphis 3 Case

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A lawyer for one of three men convicted as teenagers for killing three young boys at West Memphis has met at the state Crime Lab with prosecution officials to talk about DNA evidence from the 14-year-old case.  No details of where the DNA was obtained or its possible role in the case could be obtained from any of the lawyers involved.

Among those present at yesterday's meeting was Dennis Riordan of San Francisco, attorney for Damien Echols.  Echols was sentenced to be executed for the slayings of 8-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers in 1993.  Two co-defendants, Jessie Miskelley and Jason Baldwin, were sentenced to life in prison.

Riordan would only say after the meeting at the Crime Lab that the session was "useful and productive."  However, Second Judicial District Prosecutor Brent Davis told K8 News that no significant new developments came out of the meeting, and downplayed the entire scenario.

All three of those convicted were teenagers at the time of the killings.  The victims disappeared while riding bicycles in their quiet, tree-lined neighborhood in West Memphis, and their bodies were found the next day in a watery ditch near their homes.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)